Conference Program

Thursday, June 25

14:30-16:00 World Class–Humanity in Action Event

  • Willem Post (Dutch historian and author), Judith Goldstein (Founder and Executive Director, Humanity in Action) and Konstanty Gebert (International Columnist, Gazeta Wyborcza; and Associate Fellow at European Council on Foreign Relations)
Location: The Hague Institute for Global Justice (Sophialaan 10, 2514 JR The Hague) 
16:15-17:00 Introduction to the Humanity in Action Network for the 2015 Fellows
  • Martine Alonso Marquis (Program Director, Pat Cox-Humanity in Action Fellowship, Program Coordinator, Humanity in Action France), Antje Scheidler (International Director of European Programs, National Director of Humanity in Action Germany) Anthony Chase (Director of Programs)
Location: The Hague Institute for Global Justice (Sophialaan 10, 2514 JR The Hague) 
17:00-19.00 Opening Reception
  • "Welcome to The Hague" with Deputy Mayor Ingrid van Engelshoven (The Hague's Alderman for the Knowledge on Economy, International Affairs, Youth and Education)
  • "Challenging Times for Human Rights" with Renée Jones-Bos (Secretary-General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs)
  • "Justice in European Practice" with Marietje Schaake (Member of the European Parliament, Dutch Democratic Party)  
Location: Kloosterkerk (Lange Voorhout 4, 2514 ED The Hague)
20:00-21:30 Special Opening Dinners 
  • Senior Fellow and Staff Dinner Location: Garoeda, Kneuterdijk 18 A, 2514 EN The Hague
  • 2015 Fellows Dinner Location: Millers, Plein 10a, 2511 CR The Hague 
  • Board and VIP Dinner Location: Andermanskeuken, Frederikstraat 56, 2514 LL The Hague 


Location: Leiden University College The Hague Anna van Buerenplein 301, 2595 DG The Hague, The Netherlands
8:00-9:00 Coffee and Conference Registration  
9:00-9:10 "On Freedom: Celebrating the 440th Anniversary of Leiden University"
  • Simone Buitendijk (Vice-Rector Magnificus, Leiden University)
Location: Auditorium 
9:10-9:15 "Welcome to the Sixth Annual Humanity in Action International Conference"
  • Hans Binnendijk (Senior Fellow, Center for Transatlantic Relations, Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies; Chair of the International Board, Humanity in Action)
Location: Auditorium 
9:15-9:30 Opening Remarks and Action Project Presentation
  • Judith Goldstein (Founder and Executive Director, Humanity in Action)
Location: Auditorium 
9:30-9:45 "Welcome to The Hague, City of Justice, Peace and Reconciliation"
  • Jozias van Aartsen (Mayor of The Hague)
Location: Auditorium 
9:45-10:45 Keynote 1: "Justice and Its Discontents"
  • Konstanty Gebert (International Columnist, Gazeta Wyborcza; and Associate Fellow at European Council on Foreign Relations) 
Location: Auditorium 
10:45-11:15 Break  
11:15-11:30 Action Project Presentation
11:30-12:15 Keynote 2: "The Role of Conflict Prevention and Cities in Global Justice'"
  • Dr. David Connolly (Head of the Conflict Prevention Program, The Hague Institute for Global Justice) 
Location: Auditorium 
12:15-12.30 Coffee break and snack
12:30-13:30 Breakout Sessions
  • "Conflicting Rights in International Trials" with Dan Saxon (Assistant Professor, Leiden University College) Location: The Hague (3.16)
  • "Innovating Justice Accelerator" with Wilfried de Wever (Head of the Innovating Justice Accelerator, The Hague Institute for the Internationalisation of Law) Location: New York (3.06)
  • "Global Justice and Climate Change: Using the Law to Force Government Action" with Dennis van Berkel (Lawyer and Climate Change Advocate, Urgenda Foundation) Location: Copenhagen (3.05)
  • "The Right to Have Rights: Citizenship and Statelessness in Europe" with Zahra Albarazi (Co-Founder and Senior Researcher, Institute on Statelessness and Inclusion) Location: Sarajevo (3.04)
  • "Bed, Bath and Bread Rights: Advocating for Undocumented Individuals in the Netherlands" with Jelle Klaas (Attorney and Project Coordinator, Public Interest Litigation Project of the Netherlands Committee of Jurists for Human Rights) Location: Paris (3.03)
  • "Does the Death Penalty Have a Place in International Justice?" wtih Bart Stapert (Human Rights and Criminal Defense Lawyer, Stapert & Wiersum Advocaten) Location: Berlin (3.02)
  • "Lifetime Impact: How Counter-Terrorism Policies Affect Individuals and Communities" with Quirine Eijkman (Senior-Researcher/Lecturer, Centre for Terrorism and Counterterrorism, Leiden University) Location: Amsterdam (3.01)
  • "Socially and Environmentally Sustainable Business and Banking" with Charlotte Scheltus (Human Rights Advisor, Sustainability Department, ASN Bank) Location: Warsaw (3.07)
  • "Who is the Media: Power, Positionality and Freedom of Speech" with Nienke Venema (Director, Stichting Democratie en Media) Location: Washington (3.08)
  • "Combatting Sexual Violence and Gender-Related Crimes in International Law" with Laurel Baig (Senior Appeals Counsel, Office of the Prosecutor of the ICTY) Location: Brussels (2.14)
  • "The ICC, Justice and the Democratic Republic of the Congo" with Placide Ntole (Protection Officer, SOS Information Juridique Multisectorielle) Location: Atlanta (2.16)
  • "Advancing Progressive Activism through Philanthropy" with Rien van Gendt (Board Member, Van Leer Group Foundation), Tamar van Gelderen (Senior Associate at the Verre Bergen Foundation) and Ron Chernow (Pulizter Prize-Winning Author) and Marty Kaplan (Retired Partner, Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr) Location: Auditorium
13:30-14:30 Lunch
Location: Leiden University College The Hague Cafeteria 
14:30-17:00 Site Visits
  • International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia Tour and Discussion with Nenad Golčevski (Head of the Outreach Office in The Hague, ICTY and Acting Spokesperson) Location: ICTY Churchillplein 1, 2517 JW The Hague
  • International Criminal Court Tour and Discussion Location: ICC Maanweg 174, 2516 AB The Hague
  • The Special Tribunal on Lebanon Tour and Discussion Location: STL Dokter van der Stamstraat 1, 2265 BC Leidschendam
  • Black Heritage Tour of The Hague (2 tours) with Valika Smeulders (Owner and Researcher, Pasado Presente) Locations: Tour 1 at Plein and Tour 2 at Noordeinde Palace  
  • Humanity House: The (Im)possibilities of Remembering the War in Bosnia and Herzegovina with Laura Boerhout (PhD Candidate at the Amsterdam School for Heritage and Memory Studies) Location:  Prinsegracht 8, 2512 GA The Hague
  • The Atlantic Wall: Remnants of the Second World War with Gert-Jan van Rijn (Program Manager and Curator, Museon) Location: Stadhouderslaan 37, 2517 HV The Hague
  • Shelter City: The Initiative to Protect and Train Human Rights Defenders with Nkosilathi Emmanuel Moyo (Human Rights Defender and Democracy Activist) and Guus van Zwoll (Director, Shelter City) Location: Justice and Peace – Lutherse Burgwal 10, 2512 CB The Hague
  • Building Interfaith Bridges: A Discussion with Rabbi Awraham Soetendorp at the New Liberal Synagogue Location: Prinsessegracht 26, 2514 AP The Hague NOTE: This site visit will occur from 15:45-17:00.  
18.00-20.00 Reception and BBQ at the Residence of the Ambassador of the United States
  • Welcome Remarks – "Diplomacy and the US-Netherlands Relationship in The Hague" with Ambassador Timothy Broas (U.S. Ambassador to the Kingdom of the Netherlands)
Location: Tobias Asserlaan 4, 2517 KC The Hague 

Location: Leiden University College The Hague Anna van Buerenplein 301, 2595 DG The Hague, The Netherlands
8:00-9:00 Coffee and Registration 
Location: Auditorium 
9:00-9:15 Morning Remarks
Location: Auditorium 
9:15-10:00 Keynote 3: "America's Evolving Relationship with The Hague and the ICC"
  • Ambassador Stephen Rapp (Ambassador-at-Large, Office of Global Criminal Justice in the U.S. Department of State)
Location: Auditorium 
10:00-10.30 Coffee Break 
10:30-11:30 Keynote 4: "Muslim Youth and Marginalization in Europe"
  • Abdelkader Benali (Writer and Journalist)
Location: Auditorium 
11:30-12:00 Coffee Break and Proceed to Breakout Sessions
12:00-13:00 Breakout Sessions   
  • "Migration and Refugee Flows in Greece Today: A crisis Within the Crisis" with Dimitris Christopoulos (Associate Professor, Panteion University and Vice-President of the International Federation for Human Rights) Location: The Hague (3.16)
  • "Framing Violence and Courts – Interactions between Courts and Conflicts" with Antoine Buyse (Professor, Director, Netherlands Institute of Human Rights at Utrecht University) and Lauren Gould (PhD candidate and Lecturer, Research Institute for History and Art History (OGK) - International and Political History and Centre for Conflict Studies) Location: New York (3.06)
  • "Competing Narratives: Israel Palestine and the International Criminal Court" with Janet Anderson (Trainer, Journalist and Consultant, Justice Hub) Location: Copenhagen (3.05)
  • "Human rights, Privacy and the Digital Age" with Jochem de Groot (Government Affairs Lead, Microsoft in the Benelux Countries) Location: Sarajevo (3.04)
  • "ISIS and (Social) Media: Dilemma's on the Frontline of Journalism and International Trials" with Hans Jaap Melissen Location: Paris (3.03)
  • "Cartoons, Blasphemy and Freedom of Expression: After the Attacks in Paris and Copenhagen" with Anders Jerichow (Columnist, Politiken; Chairman of the Board of Directors, Humanity in Action Denmark) and Rabah Ghezali (Managing Director of Government Affairs and Public Advocacy, NYSE Euronext and Chairman of the Board of Directors, Humanity in Action France) Location: Berlin (3.02)
  • "Anti-Gypsyism in an Expanding Europe: What Does Roma exclusion really mean?" with Orhan Usein (Program Manager, Decade of Roma Inclusion Secretariat Foundation) Location: Amsterdam (3.01)
  • "A Foreign Perspective on European Diversity Issues" with Cynthia Bunton (Program Director, Lantos-Humanity in Action Congressional Fellowship) Location: Warsaw (3.07)
  • "Transitional Justice, Accountability for Mass Atrocities, and Foreign Policy: Notes for the Future" with David Mandel-Anthony Location: Washington DC (3.08)
  • "De-radicalizing Efforts in Europe and the Netherlands" with Ben Harburg (Managing Director, Avra Commodities) and Jurriaan Omlo (Independent Researcher and Advisor) Location: Athens (3.09)
  • "From Peace to Prosperity: Challenges to Democratization in Post-Conflict Bosnia and Herzegovina" with Ivana Cvetkovic Bajrovic (Senior Program Officer for Europe, National Endowment for Democracy)  Location: Brussels (2.14)
  • "The Future of Human Rights in an Urban World" with Doutje Lettinga and Prof. Barbara Oomen (Dean, University College Roosevelt) Location: Atlanta (2.16)
  • "How Ordinary are ‘Ordinary Perpetrators’?" with Abram de Swaan (University Professor Emeritus, University of Amsterdam) Location: Auditorium 
13:00-14:00 Lunch 
14:00-15:30 Workshop Sessions 
  • "Entrepreneurship and Developing Playful Ways to Engage Young People" with Hiske Arts (Co-Founder, Creative Director and Educational Developer, Critical Mass) Location: The Hague (3.16)
  • "Lobbying for Human Rights: It Is Not a Question of Being Right, but of Being Put in the Right" with René Rouwette (Senior Consultant and Associate Partner, Dietz, Dröge & Van Loo) and Oliver van Loo (Senior Consultant and Partner, Dietz Dröge & Van Loo) Location: New York (3.06)
  • "Finding the Truth in International Courts: A Workshop on Ethical Writing and Solutions to Journalistic Dilemmas" with Stephanie van den Berg (International Journalist and Editor-in-Chief, International Justice Tribune) Location: Copenhagen (3.05)
  • "Reimagine Belonging: Historical and Personal Narratives of Migration, Citizenship, and Identity" with Christina Antonakos-Wallace (Initiator and director, WITH WINGS AND ROOTS) and Rachel Landry (Director of Special Projects and Development, Center on National Security at Fordham Law) Location: Sarajevo (3.04)
  • "A Talk on Translating Your Mission into a Visual Strategy" with Yuri Veerman (Co-Founder, Platform for Visual Arts) Location: Paris (3.03)
  • "Film and Activism: Making Movies for Social Change" with Joey Boink (Filmmaker and Founder, Framewerk) Location: Berlin (3.02)
  • "Hashtag Activism: A Workshop on Social Media and Social Justice" with Martijn Beckers (Co-Founder and Director, Johnny Wonder) Location: Amsterdam (3.01)
  • "Developing Power & Change Through Community Organizing: Racial Profling as a Case Study" with Tara Dickman Location: Warsaw (3.07)
  • "Embracing Challenging Conversations: A Workshop on Constructive Dialogue and Mediation" with Lenka Hora Adema Location: Washington DC (3.08)
  • "The Activist's Voice: A Workshop on Spoken Word and Storytelling" with Malique Mohamud Location: Kiev (3.10)
  • "The Lifelong Activist: How to Stay Inspired and Maintain a Work/Life Balance" with Ljiljana Todorović-Sudetic (Clinical Counselor, ICTY Staff Welfare and Medical Office) Location: Brussels (2.14)
  • "What's in a Grant? A Workshop on Effective Grant Writing Strategies" with Sara Sudetic (MA Candidate, Nationalism Studies at Central European University) and Tonia Asimakopoulou (Intern, European Parliament) Location: Atlanta (2.16)
  • "Representations of Justice and International Criminal Tribunals, An Artist Impression" with Jason File (Artist, University Lecturer in Fine Art, War Crimes Prosecutor Location: Auditorium 
15.30-16.00  Break
16:00-16:15 Action Project Presentation 
Location: Auditorium 
16:15-17:00 Keynote: 5 Looking Forward: How to Ensure the Sustainable Development of International Criminal Justice?
  • President Silvia Alejandra Fernández de Gurmendi (President, International Criminal Court)
Location: Auditorium 
17:00-17:15 Closing Remarks
  • Judith Goldstein (Founder and Executive Director, Humanity in Action)
Location: Auditorium 
17:15-18:00 Meetings of 2015 Humanity in Action Fellows
  • 1 - Team Amsterdam Location: Amsterdam (3.01)
  • 2 - Team Berlin Location: Berlin (3.02)
  • 3 - Team Copenhagen Location: Copenhagen (3.05)
  • 4 - Team Paris Location: Paris (3.03)
  • 5 - Team Warsaw Location: Warsaw (3.07)
  • 6 - Team Diplomacy and Diversity  Location: Washington, DC (3.08)
19:30-22:30 Closing Dinner
Location: Strandtent Zuid, Zuiderstrand
10:00-12:00 Senior Fellows Farewell Breakfast
Location: Paviljoen Malieveld – Koekamplaan 6, 2594 AA The Hague
12:00 Fellows and Senior Fellows Depart